The Texas Legislature in mid-August closed the 30-day special summer session called by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) without passing two bills on Abbott’s agenda that would have threatened religious freedom: a private school voucher bill and an anti-transgender bathroom ban.
Texas lawmakers passed a discriminatory adoption bill and are considering a so-called “bathroom bill.”
The adoption bill, HB 3859, would allow taxpayer-funded child welfare service providers to refuse to serve any child or family if doing so is contrary to the agency’s religious beliefs, creating a loophole for discrimination against same-sex couples, religious minority couples and others. The Senate gave the bill final approval, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed it on June 15.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has signed what’s being considered a compromise bill to roll back the anti-transgender HB2 “bathroom bill” that sparked controversy nationwide.
The new bill passed the state Senate 32-16 and the House 70-48, and was signed by Cooper on March 30. The compromise, which Cooper said was “the best deal that we could get,” disappointed many pro-LGBTQ rights groups because it does not completely repeal HB2.
A suburban Chicago school board race this spring was seen as a referendum on transgender rights. According to Tuesday’s unofficial election results, transgender rights won.
Over a year ago, the school board for Township High School District 211 in the Palatine-Schaumburg area northwest of Chicago approved a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the National LGBT Bar Association today asked the Supreme Court to affirm that a transgender student can use the school restroom that corresponds with his gender identity.
By Simon Brown
Most people take using public restrooms for granted. Not Gavin Grimm.
Grimm, 17, is a senior at Gloucester High School in Virginia. During ninth grade, he came out as transgender and requested to use the boys’ bathroom.
A federal magistrate judge released an 82-page ruling Oct. 18 recommending that an Illinois public school district be permitted to retain a policy that allows transgender students to use the facilities that match their gender identity.
Alliance Defending Freedom and the Thomas More Society, two Religious Right legal organizations, filed a lawsuit in May against the policy at the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 on behalf of a local citizens’ group, Students and Parents for Privacy.
The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted its first case dealing with transgender rights.
The high court on Oct. 28 announced that it will hear a legal challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender senior at a Gloucester County, Va., high school. Grimm sued the school board over his right to use a boys’ bathroom rather than a unisex one.
After the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognized same-sex couples’ right to marry, the fight to attain equal treatment for all advanced to a new and much-needed area of the law: protecting the rights of transgender persons.
A federal court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Aug. 21 blocking the Obama administration’s new anti-discrimination guidance for federally funded schools .
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s action suspends the guidance, which was issued in May by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. The rules would have prevented public schools from discriminating against students on the basis of sexual identity; it was fueled in part by the push to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their gender orientation.